Tigerettes drop 12AA matchup with Page
The injury riddled Marshall County Tigerettes hosted District 12AA rival Page Tuesday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg and the Lady Patriots overcame a home team comeback to win 5-2.
“We did not hit the ball and left seven runners in scoring position,” MCHS coach Heather Denton said. “We need to score those runs and I think we are just not being aggressive at the plate.”
“We just need some girls to step up and get some hits and make some plays for us.”
The Tigerettes, who do not have any seniors on the squad, are without the services of two of their best players as standout Sydne Solomon is out for the season with a knee injury and Taylor Walls is temporarily on the shelf with a lower body injury.
“It’s been a hard year, but I know these girls can do it and are up to it, they have to fight,” Denton said. “If each person gives a little extra every single time they will make up for it and we can do it.”
“We have got to get it in our mind that we can step up and win and we are a good ball team.”
Page sophomore and Alabama commit Jenna Johnson led the Lady Pats offensive attack with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate, scored three runs, walked twice and stole three bases.
Winning pitcher Kacie Scott tossed six innings of six-hit ball and also drove in three out of the five runs scored by Page.
Marshall County’s only runs came on a game tying, two-run homerun by freshman catcher Hannah Davis in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Leah Hollingsworth also had two hits for the Tigerettes and was on base when Davis slammed her dinger.
Johnson got things started for the Lady Pats with a two-out double in the first inning and came around to score on a Delaney Porter RBI two-bagger to left field.
Scott set down MCHS 1-2-3 in the home half of the first inning and Tigerette starting pitcher Brooklin Conger worked her way out of a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the second.
Davis singled off the center field fence to lead off the bottom of the second, but a line drive double play squashed the MCHS scoring threat.
Johnson walked to lead off the top of the third inning and stole second and third base before scoring on a one-out sac fly RBI by Sarah Regener to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hollingsworth drilled a leadoff single to right field and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Savannah Wooten.
After a grounder to second that sent Hollingsworth to third base, Davis came up and hit a towering shot over the center field fence, tying the game at 2-2.
Ali Hobbs and Conger followed with back-to-back singles, but the inning ended on a pop-up to third base.
Johnson got things started again for Page in the top of the fifth inning, slamming a one-out double and then swiping third base on a delayed steal.
Porter walked and Johnson came home on an infield single by Regener to put Page in the lead.
Scott hit a grounder to third, but the throw sailed over Hobbs’ head at first base and both Porter and Regener scored to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
“We had too many errors and that just put us in holes,” Denton said. “We gave them runs when we should not have given them runs, so we have to learn that we need to play air tight defense and hit the ball to win a ballgame.”
The Tigerettes managed just two more base runners over the next three innings and Marlee Woodward, who relieved Conger with two-on and no-outs in the sixth, finished a scoreless job in the circle for Marshall County.
“Our pitchers have done a good job of keeping us in ballgames,” Denton said. “We just let little things like throwing it over to first base that is stopping us from winning ballgames.”
The Tigerettes (5-12, 2-5) played at Shelbyville on Thursday and they travel to Spring Hill on Monday.
“I told them in the scheme of things, the regular season doesn’t really matter,” Denton said. “What matters is the district tournament, the regular season just seeds us, so we just have to show up and show out in the tournament.”
Page 101 030 0-5 9 0
MCHS 000 200 0-2 7 3
Page: Peyton Clark 2-for-4, Jenna Johnson 2-for-2, Sarah Regener 2-for-3, Delaney Porter 1-for-3, Cassidy Fowler 1-for-4, Ryley Marlin 1-for-3
2B: Johnson 2, Porter
RBI: Kacie Scott 3, Porter, Regener
BB: Johnson 2, Porter, Marlin
RS: Johnson 3, Regener, Porter
ROE: Scott, Marlin
SB: Johnson 3
WP: Kacie Scott (6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3K, 0BB), Avery Mclllwain (1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB)
Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 2-for-3, Hannah Davis 2-for-3, Ali Hobbs 1-for-3, Brooklin Conger 1-for-3, Lexi Cashion 1-for-2
RBI: Davis 2
RS: Hollingsworth, Davis
SAC: Savannah Wooten
SB: Naomi Hopper
E: Hannah Sheppard, Davis, Cashion
LP: Brooklin Conger (5IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 6K, 3BB), Marlee Woodward (2IP, 1H, 0R, 0Er, 1K, 1BB)